Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Ancient Beach Lines
Anvil Mountain and Newton Pike are situated within 7 to 12 km north of Nome. They represent the original source of most of the placer gold in the Nome area. As glaciers receded and the sea level rose, precious minerals were deposited. Placer deposits are formed by natural stream concentrations of the metal after its liberation from host rocks by deep weathering and erosion. As the liberated gold moves downstream it eventually sifts through the loose stream bed to rest on bedrock.
The gold found offshore Nome is oriented parallel to the coast over an East-West distance of about 25 km. The submerged beach lines have been identified up to 16 km offshore.
It has been the experience for the seasoned miners of Nome, Alaska to "follow the ancient beach lines" to find the best gold. They have been (and continue to be) major sources of mined gold in the Nome area.